Senator Fritz Hollings, D-S.C., doesn't think too much of the 39% TV cap compromise reached by congressional negotiators as they try to reach agreement on an end-of-year spending package for federal agencies.
Hollings said 39% "was a total violation of the conference agreement."
"The Republicans went into a closet, met with themselves, and announced a 'compromise,'" stated Hollings, ranking minority leader of the Senate Commerce Committee.
He chastised the press for calling the figure a compromise as well. He said the Democrats were ignored; they supported a 35% cap, the limit currently in effect as the FCC's new media ownership rules, which would have raised the cap to 45%, are blocked pending court challenges.